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Publisher's Summary

Listen to the tales of the Hindu deities as they've never been heard before!

Brahma Dreaming is master storyteller John Jackson's intriguing versions of the legends surrounding the Hindus' great gods. These are the tales of the Trimurti - the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Brahma Dreaming is divided into three sections representing their continuous forces of creation, preservation and destruction.

The work begins with Lord Brahma dreaming the universe into being and from there unfolds an enthralling collection of interconnected tales that span the history of Hinduism. Here are brave princes, divine divas and demon kings, family feuds and epic battles, burning loves and lies, tragic deaths and glorious rebirths. There are tales about dancing elephants, peacock warriors and monkey armies, all narrated by Jackson himself with great character, warmth and wit.

A novel for sophisticated listeners of all ages.

©2013 John Jackson (P)2013 John Jackson

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Surprisingly Good

When I first heard the narrators voice I was a little hesitant to get this book, but the price sold me in the end. As a Bharatanatyam dancer I really enjoy researching and listening/reading the various translations of the old stories from India. I found this one was quite nice to listen to either at work or in the car because of the narrator. His voice has definitely grown on me and in fact I'm re-listening to it right now.

I would definitely recommend it to people who listen to various translations of these tales because as I always find that they change every time. The best example is the Ramayana, it is what people want you to get out of the story.

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Stories a wrong

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I wanted an introduction to Hindu mythology, and this book appeared to be it. However, after further research, some of the stories as told here are incorrect. Its entertaining, but you cant just alter an ancient sacred text to make it say what you want for dramatic effect. Now I dont know which stories are accurate or not without checking against the original text, so there really was no point in buying this book in the first place.

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John Jackson is amazing.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you enjoy stories of the Hindu gods told by an amazing narrator this is the audio book for you.

What other book might you compare Brahma Dreaming to and why?

My favorite story is the first were Brahma creates everything and the sound of OM is heard. They are all really good but I also enjoy the stories around Ganesha.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I listen to it in the sauna or going to bed and I end up literally dreaming of Brahma.

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Minor inaccuracies

It scratches not even the surface of Hindu mythology, but that's expected from any book of limited size. Minor inaccuracies apart, it's an interesting read.

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Beautiful Stories

Loved every bit of this book, beautiful stories that capture the imagination. Love the three Sections of Stories

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Can't finish

Too fast. Too pagan and too many gods to follow. A book would be better.

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1st in Hindu mythology

I enjoyed this book. following my yoga class I was able to picture the Gods

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loved every single word

the most beautiful stories i have ever heard. hearing about all the beautiful stories then getting to the end i wanted to cry.

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A beautiful look at some Hindu myths

When it comes to stories from mythology, there's always a hidden wisdom to extract. This is the case here. Beautifully told stories from the best the Hindu pantheon has to offer, be ready for stories that take you into the best and worst of human nature, and even beyond death and back.

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Understanding the Hindu Gods

Would you listen to Brahma Dreaming again? Why?

This was an easily understood introduction to the Hindu Gods. A second listen is not necessary but might be fun.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the quick overview of Hindu stories, something I thought too daunting of a task before this listen.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Durga looses it and becomes Kali, and scares Shiva so bad that he ends Durga, who then becomes Parvati

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The three Gods that started it all.

Any additional comments?

More informative than anything else that I have found on the Hindu Gods. Hindu, class structure of society and reincarnation I learned about in comparative religion classes. But this is my first good glimpse of the Hindu Gods. I would like some more please.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-18

a window into hindu stories

A good start for non Hindus to learn the stories that many in India grew up with.